Nick is interested in plant systematics, functional biogeography, and phenomics.
For his PhD, he is investigating the role of conserved floral scent as a driver of hybridization in Heuchera and species delimitation of the Heuchera americana complex using integrative taxonomic approaches.
Dexcem received his BSc in Biology at the University of the Philippines in 2017 and joined the lab as a Biological Sciences Ph.D. student in Spring 2022.
He is working on understanding the eco-evolutionary forces that drive biogeographical patterns of diversity in the disjunct Heuchera parviflora group. Dexcem is especially interested in studying the biogeography and diversification of plants in terrestrial island-like systems. He enjoys singing to Mariah Carey and Elton John in his spare time.
Sushil started working with us in 2021 as an undergraduate REU researcher, and started as a Biological Sciences PhD student in Fall 2021.
He currently focusing on species delimitation and biogeographic history in Symphyotrichum.
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TJ has been working with us since Fall 2021 on our REU program. He has worked on a variety of projects including microbial DNA extraction and amplicon sequencing, plant DNA extraction, and herbarium digitization. He is running his own projects as well studying the effects of novel fertilizer products that can be derived from nutrient runoff.
Hawinet will join us in Spring 2024 as one of our first BRIDGES students! We are excited for her to learn new lab techniques and be our first mentorship program inductee!
Carol came to us from a postdoctoral position at the Mandel lab at the University of Memphis, having previously done undergrad, masters, and PhD degrees at the Universidade de São Paulo. She worked with us to understand the origins and ecology of nitrogen-fixing symbioses with bioinformatics approaches. She is an expert in composite and legume systematics as well as plant phylogenomics. She has moved on to a tenure-track Data Science position at Mississippi State's libraries! For more information see her scholar page, professional profile, and personal website.
Sofia worked with us late Spring 2021 to Spring 2023 and learned molecular techniques as part of our REU program as well as plant morphometrics. She is off to graduate school at the University of Texas El Paso.
Reagan was one of our longest-term students, working with us from the end of summer 2020 to the same of 2022. She mainly worked on microbiome projects to understand plant endophyte diversity as part of our REU program. She is off to graduate school at the University of Arizona.
Tyrikus worked with us Spring to Summer of 2022. He worked on a variety of molecular projects in the lab. He is off to med school at the University of Mississippi.
Briana started in late 2020 as an REU student and focused on herbarium and wetlab methods through to summer 2021. She is off to graduate school at the University of Arkansas.
Paige worked with us in the winter and spring of 2021 as an REU student, focusing mainly on DNA techniques and has moved on to a medical lab tech job.
Matt worked in the lab with us from Fall 2019 to Fall 2020 as an REU student and helped us build tons of libraries and extract DNA. He's an expert at the magnet! He has finished his undergraduate degree and has moved on to a job at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Stephanie worked in the lab and herbarium from Fall 2019 to Fall 2022 on a number of projects in the lab related to our REU program, including phylogenomics, microbiome work, and trait scoring on herbarium specimens. She is also one of our best plant mounters and repairers! She has moved on to a position at Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Sydney worked in the herbarium from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022 on restoring specimens and mounting.
Zoe worked in the lab at the over summer 2021 to learn molecular techniques in our REU program. She is off to graduate school at Georgia Tech (on a GRFP!!).
Kelli joined the lab and herbarium over summer 2020 through summer 2021 as an REU student. She focused on a new phenology project we have going and our microbiome projects. She is off to med school at LSU.
Peyton worked with us from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 as an REU student. He mostly worked on a number of remote projects focused on scoring herbarium sheets for color and phenology scoring. He has moved on to a co-op experience as he completes his undergraduate degree.